March 1, 2014 10:25:26 PM
The pansies are fading away. The daffodils are almost in full bloom. This could only be a sign that winter is on the way out, making way for spring. It's that in-between season when Southerners feel a bit dizzy with scarves today, Tory Burch flip-flops tomorrow. Just because the weather is indecisive, it doesn't mean your style can't blossom as we await warmer months.
I reckon the South is one of those spots on the map where you can get frostbitten and sunburned on the same day. Mama always loved the rising temperatures. About this time a couple of years ago, she and I passed a chilly February with the help of QVC. I ordered self-tanner, and she got a bright orange Dooney & Bourke purse as we began our coming out of hibernation.
What's the best medicine for post-Jack Frost and a spring that hasn't quite sprung? Simply embrace warmer colors. Orange lips are the most talked about trend of the moment, first spotted on the runways of DKNY and Rag & Bone. Now tangerine, coral and orange puckers are in full bloom. A few of my favorites are Laura Mercier's Tangerine, Tom Ford Beauty's Sheer Firecracker and Hara by Napoleon Perdis. Perhaps one of these will become your version of that winter-banishing orange Dooney.
Next, introduce a bit of self-tanner into your daily routine for a sunlit glow. One of my little secrets is waking up the face with the sweep of nothing more than a shimmery powder bronzer. I keep several shades of bronzer within arm's reach in the salon for an instant makeover. We may live under the shaded branches in the Magnolia State, but who doesn't want to mimic that bit of sun from a long weekend on St. John?
Warmth doesn't stop with lipstick and bronzer. The hair color should radiate golden hues for the most flattering welcome to spring. I can always discern between winter and spring by the language spoken by the guests in my chair. Shedding that winter coat can help us rev up our engines for long-awaited spring with shades of butterscotch, toffee and caramel in the hair. Add a bit of gold to any hairstyle; stand back and marvel. It's better than a facelift!
So, there you have my best prescription for splendid, pre-spring flair. Now, I'm going to throw another log on the fire (a small one) and step out in my yard to scoop up a fresh bouquet of daffodils. They think it's spring already.
Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.